Starting into the new year

Our resolutions for the year 2017 are set. In order to create the best ever Backup-Festival until now, we have to choose among films from all over the world. We will need to prepare lots of popcorn for that, since we still need to watch most of them.

With an average length of seven minutes we would have to stay approximately ten days and twelve hours in front of the screen, without any pause. We take our job seriously and watch every submitted film, that matches the criteria. Frontrunner of submissions are the USA, Great Britain and Germany, but even in Bahrain, Timor-Leste or Mongolia there are filmmakers who want to share their work with us.

We are anticipating to see a lot of international faces among the filmmakers and guests this may.

Merry Christmas


The backup_Team wishes Merry Christmas and happy holidays with your family!

We wish everyone a wonderful New Year’s Eve and a good start into the New Year.

We’re looking forward to see you at the backup_festival in May!

Call for Entries 2017 closed

Submissions_world map

In the last weeks we received more than 3.000 submissions from over 109 nations all over the world. Thank you so much for your participation!

It is great to experience your passion for movies and to take part while screening it. We are already watching industriously and relish the thought that we are in front of the screen for the next weeks.

We are looking forward to a great backup_festival from 17th to 21th Mai 2017 in Weimar with you and your short movies.

CALL FOR ENTRIES 2017 — Extended!

The 19th annual backup_festival will take place from the 17th till the 21st of May 2017 in Weimar, Germany. The 19th edition of the annually held backup_festival is looking for filmmakers and media artists who would like to compete in an international contest.

Deadline for Entries: 01.12.2016 19.12.2016

Entry form and rules of participation backup_festival 2016 – Extended Deadline [PDF]

Please SUBMIT your SHORT FILMS (up to 15 min) and MUSIC VIDEOS (up to 7 min).

Due to high popular demand we extend the Deadline until 19th December 2016!

You can also send your film via filmfreeway:
Ebenfalls könnt ihr euren Film auch via filmfreeway einreichen:

Teaching Award 2016 of the Bauhaus-University Weimar goes to backup_festival

Immatrikulationsfeier im Audimax der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Foto: Candy WelzThe Award Winners f.l.t.r Juliane Fuchs, Tino Schult, Anne Körnig. Foto: Candy Welz

Now it is official! Anne Körnig, Tino Schult and Juliane Fuchs were awarded with the Teaching Award 2016 of the Bauhaus University Weimar.
Teaching Awards recognise and reward new and outstanding contributions to the learning experience. In our case it is about the implementation of the short film festival backup in interdisciplinary learning.

A very heartfelt thanks goes out to all the students of the Bauhaus University who have made this award and this festival possible with their achievements and their trust.

And congratulations go out to the other award winners and colleagues!

Catalogue is online!

You missed one event or didn’t received a hard copy? Don’t worry, right now the catalogue can be downloaded from our website! Find it under INFO page or simply click here. And there’s one thing more, happy Children’s Day!

“Fearless”: Weimar backup_festival celebrates 18th anniversary

It’s already the 18th time the Weimar student short film festival backup took place from May 18th to 22nd!

Under the slogan “fearless” about 80 films were shown in the award categories “backup.award”, “clip.award” and “”. Furthermore, this year the first “Weimarer Poetryfilmpreis” was awarded by “Literarische Gesellschaft Thüringen e.V.” and “Poetryfilmkanal” in cooperation with the backup.festival. Together with the enormous supporting programme there were round about 300 filmic works to be watched.

backup is organized by students of the Bauhaus University Weimar in collaboration with the FILM e.V. Jena and provides the opportunity to present short films by students and graduates of Media, Design and Art universities from all over the world. On the five varied festival days about 2200 visitors enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere in the rooms of the Lichthaus Cinema in the Weimar E-Werk, in the Gaswerk, the Eckermann book store, at Radio LOTTE Weimar, in the Other Music Acadamy (OMA) and in several students’ flat-sharing communities. Beyond, more than 100 film makers and professional visitors from different countries of the world like France, Bangladesh, USA, Mexico, Great Britain and Russia could be welcomed.

The festival administration formed by Juliane Fuchs and Anne Körnig summed up this year’s festival in a positive way: “Also in this year we experienced a great, diverse festival and can be proud of the past couple of days.”

In the year 2016 the festival got more than 2500 submissions from 104 nations, including films from Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Iran, Macedonia and the Philippines.

For the backup.award it was searched for filmic works which deal with creative and new ways of production and expression. The idea of backup is not only showing the explored but developing further and offering a platform to the unknown.

The diversity and difference of the shown films didn’t make it easy for the three-person jury, formed by journalist Benedikt Otto from MDR, filmmaker Laura Engelhard and short film expert Sylke Gottlebe to choose the winners.

The jury of the backup.award gave three prices to the best short films. The animationfilm “Cumulus” of Hector Delgado won a price endowed with 1000 Euro. It’s about the world of a child, who lives outside of the city. “The artistically arranged tableaus connect minimalized animations in grotesque scenes and create a bizarre atmosphere, which makes the film unforgettable”, reasoned the jury.

Another jury award for the best short film, endowed with 500 Euros was given to the film “Putain” of Cypria Donato, which deals with the life of six prostitutes. Donato sensitivly and empathically visualized  the conflicting worlds of the protagonists’ emotions, explained the jury.


The, audio licenses amounting to 2500 Euros donated by the Audio Network, was given to the film “Fay” of Sabine Volkert.

The backup.collaboration.award, an audience choice award, endowed with 2500 Euros, was again financed with a successful crowdfunding through the platform VisionBakery. This year the audience chose the film “Bachyt” by Ruslan Bekshenov and Aleksandr Amulin.

The backup.award-Jury was impressed by the film as well and gave another price for best shortfilm to “Bachyt”. The film impressed “because of its subtle humor which precisely comments on the absurd everyday work routine as well as the sterile emptyness”.

The animationfilm “What about the law?” by Charles Badenhorst is the winner of the first Weimarer Poetryfilmprice endowed with 1000 Euros by the Literarische Gesellschaft Thüringen e.V., the Poetryfilmkanal and the back_up festival. Badenhorst deals with a South African poem and the regime of the apartheid. “The seemingly rough arrangement forms a successful counterpoint to the seriousness of the lyrical negotiated theme. Thus the content and audiovisual level complement miraculously. “, was the reason of the jury, consisting of the poet Nancy Hünger, the filmmaker Hubert Sielecki and the head of ZEBRA-Poetryfilmfestival, Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel.

The audience choice price went to the US-American film “STEEL AND AIR” of Chris and Nick Libbey. It’s based on a poem of the US-American poet John Ashbery.

This year’s winner of the backup.clip.award is David Campesino with his music video “When You Say Stay”, which he directed together with Sebastian Linda. The backup.clip.award programme is composed of several music videos. The audience is voting for their favorite film and thus rewarding the filmmaker with a clip.award prize. David Campesino’s work was highly praised, both by the spectators and by the jury.

The main prize for music videos is the This year, the jury chose to reward two films: “Baggage Man” by Matthias Gerding and Dennis Colquhoun and “N.I.K.” by Romeu Runa. The winner’s prizes have a value of 500 euros and were provided by Liquid Sound Club and Toskana World.


The jury members were impressed by the ambivalence and the high emotionality of  “Baggage Man”. They explained that through his very specific way of filming, the author of “N.I.K.” was depicting the character’s ability to free himself from inner and outter constraints.

The jury for the backup.clip.award was composed of young designer and artist Claudia Köcher, filmmaker and journalist Daniel Pfeiffer and filmmaker Kai Stänicke.

The backup.herzblut.award, endowed by Partisan Vodka, rewarded Josero and Mariana Emmanuelli for their film “Till jail do us apart”. The “backup.herzblut.award” is based on the viewer’s vote during the programme, a programme showing various shortfilms in shared flats of Weimar students. The public was amazed by the entertaining comedy from Puerto Rico about a criminal couple trying to get married before being arrested.

The 18th backup.festival was also characterized by its large framework programme. Visitors could not only listen to interesting brain trusts animated by media specialists, they also had the opportunity to watch our special programme, composed of films from Singapore, Russia and Madagascar, dealing with the topic “Fearless” and the “Horror and Trash” genre. The exhibition of the austrian cartoon moviemaker Hubert Sielecki as well as the poetry film programme, managed by Zata Banks, were also part of our framework programme.

The great bckp-Party, which took place at the Gaswerk on Friday night, was, once again, one of the highlights of our festival.

The backup.festival-Team would like to thank the filmmakers, the business partners, the sponsors as well as all the volunteers and of course the spectators for their amazing contribution to our festival.